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Sometimes I have to study for the test…

And this test was the final exam.

We were tasked with figuring out how to start two 480 volt 500 horse power motors, each pulling well over 2000 amps, on a 1600 amp breaker.

On any other day we would have ample power and switchgear to handle starting the large mulch grinder motors. But not today. This system was installed in a more rural area with limited power capacity and was previously used to grind tree stumps.

So to accomplish the feat we used a soft starter drive controller to ramp the first motor up to operating speed. I set the drive to limit the motor amperage to just under 2000 amps.

The next step was to tune the 1600 amp breaker to hold 2000 amps for about one minute. I needed approximately 45 seconds to get the grinder motor wound up to full speed. After the motor achieved full rpm’s the motor amperage dropped to a measly 300 amps.

After several attempts I found the balance between over loading the main breaker and getting the motor up to speed in under a minute.

After the first motor was at full speed we could then energize the second 500 hp motor. The two motors where coupled together and ran smooth as silk at idle.

The second it was loaded with wood chips the grinder roared to life, the ground shook and chips turned into mulch. I stepped back a few steps and turned away the first time the hopper was filled to capacity but proud when the motors didn’t seem to slow down at all.

At over 30 foot tall the grinder hopper could handle thousands of pounds of material at a time. It’s pretty spectacular to see it in operation. It was previously set up to grind entire trees so it handles the wood chips pretty good.

This project turned out to be a success but required some reading and studying on how to tune the breakers, soft starter controller and to calculate the load demands.

We had several visits from the power company while commissioning the grinder and they were very helpful in setting up the power systems.

A big thanks to everybody involved in pulling this one off.

Another interesting job in the books.

-Steve

Books I’ve read…

I got serious about reading a few years ago. Before that I don’t think I ever read a book cover to cover.

Even in high school I resisted reading because it wasn’t something I enjoyed. My mind tends to wonder when I read so I don’t remember what I’m reading.

I’ve gotten better at staying focused on what I read but it still needs to be something I’m interested in at the time.

It also helps when I take notes about what I’m reading and write about what it means to me.

Recently I’ve started buying my books on kindle so I can have them with me wherever I go. This has been one of the best things I’ve done to keep me reading.

I can carry an unlimited number of books with me and choose what I want to read when I have some down time.

I like to read different types of books depending on where I am or what time of day it is.

During my morning routine I typically read self-help type books. How to learn a new skill, how to be a better leader, how to be a better person and so on. Even books about how to run my business and how to stack cash.

At bed time I like to read about people. Biographies, auto-biographies, stories of hero’s, adventure or fiction. I read about people who did great things.

Books have brought mentors to me and supplied me with knowledge that I would not have been able to acquire.

Here’s a list of what I’ve been feeding my mind. It explains a lot about the decisions I make and how I think.

2019

*The Enigma Strain (Harvey Bennett Thrillers Book 1) ~Nick Thacker

2018

*Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi

*#MaxOut Your Life ~ Ed Mylett

*How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge ~Clay Scroggins

*Start with Why ~Simon Sinek

*Managing Ones Self ~Peter F. Druker

*On the Shortness of Life ~Lucius Seneca

*How to Make Sh*t Happen ~Sean Whalen

*Managing Ones Self book review pdf

*The 1% Rule ~Tommy Baker

*Tom Clancy Point of Contact ~Mike Maden

*AWOL on the Appalachian Trail ~David Miller

*Painted Blazes ~Jeffery “Loner” Gray

*Lost on the Appalachian Trail ~Kyle Roghig

*Hiking Through ~Paul Stutzman

*The Richest Man in Babylon ~George S. Clason

*The Consistency Chain ~George Campbell & Jim Packard

*Secrets of a Millionaire Landlord ~Robert Shemin

*Extreme Ownership ~Jocko Willink

*Discipline Equals Freedom ~Jocko Willink

*The Millionaire Morning ~Lewis Howes

*50 Cognitive Biases For An Unfair Advantage in Entrepreneurship ~Adrian Nantchev

*Build a Rental Property Empire ~Mark Ferguson

2017

*The 10X Rule ~Grant Cardone

*The Miracle Morning ~Hal Elrod

*The Millionaire Booklet How To Get Super Rich ~Grant Cardone

*The Motivation Manifesto ~Brendon Burchard

*The Ware of Art ~Steven Pressfield

*High Performance Habits ~Brendon Burchard

*Total Recall ~Arnold Schwarzenegger

*80/20 Your Life! ~Damon Zahariades

2016

*Beach Money ~Jordan Adler

*The Game of Networking ~Rob Sperry

*Outwitting The Devil the Secrets to Freedom and Success ~Napoleon Hill

*Dotcom Secrets ~Russell Brunson

*Skill with People ~Les Giblin

*The ONE Thing ~Gary Keller

2015

*GO PRO ~Eric Worre

*Think and Grow Rich ~Napoleon Hill

*Believe You Can ~Jason Mason

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When I read I like to have some soft jazz in the background and this is one of the channels I listen to on Spotify.

Here’s a tip…if you are an Amazon Prime member there are many books you can borrow for free!

And a few words of wisdoms form Warren Buffett…

I hope you invest in yourself and learn to enjoy reading as much as I have.

-Steve

I make my living using tools…

I started in electrical trade in 1988 while I was still in high school. On the weekends I was building and wiring electrical control panels in the basement for my dad’s company.

Little did I know I would make a career out of it.

After high school I went to work for a couple different electrical contractors and over the next 15 years I became an expert at troubleshooting, engineering and installing electrical control systems in manufacturing plants.

If the machine had a wire on it I was all over it.

Now day’s dad and I are partners and we work on everything from robots, conveyers, industrial computers, programmable controllers, motor control and relay logic.

We both attend annual continuing education classes and keep our KY Electrical Masters License and Contractors License current.

Below are some examples of the things we have worked on. This is nowhere close to everything but will give you an idea of what we encounter.

This is a safety system we designed and installed for a customer to prevent the loss of fingers. 😳

The next system was installed in the early 80’s and is used in a metal plating process. I’m called to trouble-shoot different problems from time to time and have even discussed upgrading the system for them.

The next system is in a cardboard box manufacturing plant. Pizza boxes and other perforated boxes are manufactured on this equipment.  This one was stopping intermittently and I found some loose wires. Took me 20 minutes but hey, I was tired. 😁

Three years ago we designed and installed a box stacking system around the KUKA robot in the picture below. We just recently decommissioned it. The manufacturing process changed and it was no longer needed.

So I got paid to design it, install it, trouble-shoot and repair it when it broke down, install upgrades and un-hook it when they were finished with it. I’m going to miss this one. Good thing there are many others like it. 💵😁

Electrical safety is very important so lock-out tag-out procedures must be followed. If you look closely at the red lock there is a label that Alison made for me. It says I love you daddy. ❤️ That’s a great reminder to work safe.

For years I’ve crawled on top of machines, inside of them and under them to get the job done. It’s part of what it takes to keep these machines running for our customers.

The electrical trade has been good to me over the last 30 years and it’s very rewarding to fix things with my hands using tools. Is that weird? Haha!

We need more tradesmen and woman to keep our manufacturing plants up and running. Seems like most people aren’t willing to invest 5 years working as an apprentice. At least they are getting paid to learn. I call that on the job training. 😉

If you want to get into the electrical trade let me know and I’ll connect you with some first class companies that are almost always hiring newbies.

-Steve

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Take some risk…

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Every day you wake up you have two choices…

To capitalize and make the best of the opportunities that have been given to you. 🙏

Or…

To let them pass you by and look back regretting not taking any action.☹️

Just remember,

Your future self is watching you right now through memories…✈️🌎😎👍

Write the greatest story of all time!

#takesomerisk #livelife #motivationalquotes #stevegullett

The best piece of advice I can give you is…

…surround yourself with people who are obsessed with trying to shape the future, not people living in the past.

It really is true that you become like the people you hang around. This can be good and bad depending on who you choose to be around.

Health, wealth, love and happiness are all learned skilled or traits. We all have some inclination toward one or all of these but we learn how to create these in our lives.

We learn what to eat to be healthy. We learn what to say and how to say it to create deep lasting relationships. We learn how to develop a skill to market for income and so on.

Mentors, or people who are doing the things you want to do and are willing to show you the way, are the secret to success in most all areas of your life.

Have you humbled yourself to accept the instructions of a mentor?

If not think about where you are in life and where you want to be in 1 year, 3 years and 10 years from now.

How will you get there?

What skills do you need to learn?

Who is doing what you want to do and can call or meet with today?

Thanks for checking out my post today!

Be great my friends!!

-Steve